After several successful albums of very traditional bachata, Dominican duo Monchy & Alexandra are aiming to evolve with "Hasta el Fin." More romantic and stylized than its predecessors, the album

After several successful albums of very traditional bachata, Dominican duo Monchy & Alexandra are aiming to evolve with "Hasta el Fin." More romantic and stylized than its predecessors, the album preserves the traditional bachata rhythm but freely adds other touches. There are female choruses in "No Me Pidas," decided pop and cha cha cha in "Fantasía" (which Monchy performs solo), a tinge of rock in "Hazme Tu Esposa" and balladry in "Arrancarte de Mi Piel." While there is enough bachata to satisfy purists (think Carlos Vives and vallenato), Monchy & Alexandra are clearly hoping to expand their fan base; the album even includes a pop version of lead single "Perdidos." The pair is solid, but hardly groundbreaking. Ironically, what continues to make it stand out is its unique bachata sound.—LC